98% of Dubai residents have health insurance, says DHA

Deadline for enrolment in mandatory scheme is December 31

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has claimed that over 98 percent of Dubai residents – four million people – have registered under the mandatory health insurance scheme, with the deadline looming on December 31.

Humaid Al Qatami, chairman of the board and director general of the DHA, described the figure as a “big accomplishment” that makes Dubai “one of the pioneers in healthcare field,” state news agency WAM reported on Sunday.

“Exceeding the four-million mark is a testimonial to the level of awareness that Dubai residents have regarding the importance of the insurance law in preserving their safety and health,” he said. “It also reaffirms their trust in the health services, programmes and initiatives of DHA,” he added.

The Dubai Health Insurance Law No. 11 of 2013 was adopted under the directives of Dubai Ruler His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Under the law, effective from January 2014, every sponsor is legally obliged to provide an insurance package – priced between $150 (AED550) and $191 (AED700) - so that those with salaries under $1,090 (AED4,000) receive adequate cover. The scheme is now being enforced for families and dependents.

Dr Haidar Al Yousuf, director of health funding at the DHA, said that all insurance companies are working to meet the demands of companies and individuals seeking health insurance.

He advised residents that have not completed the procedures to do so over the coming days.

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